Connecting Farmers and Eaters

By Alex Hitt, Family Farmer, Peregrine Farm, Alamance County, North Carolina & Sandi Kronick, CEO, Eastern Carolina Organics

Farmer Alex Hitt of Peregrine Farm in Alamance County, North Carolina, and CEO of Eastern Carolina Organics Sandi Kronick talk about the importance of direct markets and the community that is built around family farm food.

Since 1981, Peregrine Farm has sought to grow the finest cut flowers, small fruit and vegetables for the Triangle area of North Carolina.  Developing a sustainable farming system using the most environmentally responsible methods and materials has been a guiding principle from the beginning.  Peregrine Farm is committed to building a local food system with the farmers market as the major outlet for their products.

Eastern Carolina Organics markets and distributes wholesale Carolina organic farm produce to retailers, restaurants and buying clubs. ECO believes that a sustainable food system is based on providing fresh local fruit, vegetables, and herbs while protecting the environment. The company is farmer-owned and eighty percent of its sales go right back to their growers. Their customers get fresh organic veggies and fruits, along with the knowledge that they're enabling farmers to protect their family land.

ECO enables participating organic growers to profitably sell their products and support efforts to improve production and packaging techniques. ECO also offers a way for conventional growers to enter the expanding organic market, including assistance in the transition to organic farming.

Since 1985, the annual Farm Aid concert has moved around the country, raising awareness about the value of family farmers and showcasing the agriculture of different regions of the U.S. and the unique challenges and opportunities family farmers face there. Farm Aid 2014 took place on September 13 in Raleigh, North Carolina, giving us a chance to take a look at serious issues affecting family farmers across the South and how farmers are growing a better tomorrow.

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